Matiang’i roots for taskforce to promote peace
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has called for the establishment of a special committee to help maintain peace at the Borabu border that brings together Kisii, Maasai and Kipsigis communities.
Matiang’i said the committee should look into long-term peace efforts along the porous border that have seen the three communities fight every electioneering period.
Speaking at the weekend when he addressed a peace meeting called by various church leaders drawn from Borabu border, the CS commended elders from Narok, Kisii, Nyamira and Bomet counties for ensuring peace along the border in the last decade.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure we have a structured peace committee here. Even if it means using my money to fund it,” said Matiang’i.
He noted that in the past, cattle rustling was the order of the day in Borabu with over 70 cattle being stolen monthly.
“We now hardly have cases of cattle theft here. Once in a while you will hear of a goat being stolen, but not the many cows that used to be taken from here,” the Interior CS said.
He tasked the community elders to ensure peaceful coexistence in the region, noting that elections should not be a source of conflict for communities that have lived in peace for long.
“We have created more administrative units here so that people can get Government services closer to their homes,” he revealed.
The CS further noted that the government will ensure that more police stations are established in the volatile border to ensure peace is maintained.
Matiang’i further noted that the government will continue partnering with the church, noting that religion plays a key role in governance and development. “I am urging political leaders to put the interest of the nation first as the August 9 General Election approaches,” he said.